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Fresh yeast should be stored in the refrigerator or should be frozen or else it will lose its effectiveness with age.
Put leftover soup or soup stock in ice cube trays and freeze. The frozen soup cubes can be wrapped and stored in the freezer. This makes it possible to serve small amounts of soup or use the entire batch for another meal.
Place cotton pads soaked in potato juice (grated and extracted from raw potato) over eyes, to remove puffiness. Regular use will reduce dark circles from under eyes.
Jari Work - Shine
Bring the shine back on jari work of a saree by rubbing alum powder on the work with a small soft brush. Dust off and wipe.
Clothing Appearence
Black and blue coloured clothes which have faded, look new if dipped in concentrated aquamarine blue solution.
Sandwiches will keep fresh and moist if put in a polyethylene bag or wrapped in waxed paper or in aluminum foil.
Fresh soft dates should be kept in plastic bags in the refrigerator. They will keep fresh for weeks.
When the sewing machine gets stuck on a thick, coarse cloth, rub the area on which you wish to run the machine with a candle.
For those who do not care for a spicy taste, you can sprinkle some grated cheese on the dosa while shallowfrying. Eat with sauce instead of chutney. This will suit the taste of those who are used to bland foods.
Once the menu is decided for any party, write down the ingredients needed, next to each recipe. It avoids a lot of last minute shopping and running around.
Mehndi
To make mehndi come out brighter, rub a little sesame oil on palms before applying, and dab a swab of cotton soaked in mustard oil after applying. This way the mehndi will not fall off soon after drying up.
To quicken the process of making any vegetable where the vegetable needs to be cooked for long, wash, drain sprinkle a little salt, and microwave covered, till done. Simultaneously, proceed on stove, to make the remaining recipe. Add the microwaved vegetable and finish off cooking. This way, the vegetable is cooked with minimum water, in its own juices, and reduces cooking time considerably. But take care to add lesser water to masala, since the vegetable will not be cooked for so long.
To keep carrots fresh for longer, cut the tops off and place them in a plastic bag in the vegetable crisper of the refrigerator.
Pour a capful of liquid bleach in a stained commode. Keep for 1/2 hour. Add soap powder and brush, for a sparkle.
Add a pinch of salt to the oil while frying "pakodas" or "koftas" and you will use up less oil.
To save time, boil extra channa drain, freeze in freezable polybags, thaw to room temperature before using. Proceed as for freshly boiled channa. Add a bayleaf or two while boiling lentils, gives a better flavour.
To give a novel taste to tea, add a piece of lemon peel to the water for tea decoction.
Store leftover fried papads in a polythene bag. They will remain crisp.
Always store aamras and other such mango dishes in non-metal containers before serving. The ras may discolour in other metal containers.
A tsp. of ghee add to the dal before pressure cooking, will keep it from overflowing out of the container into the cooker.
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